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What killed Miss Emmeline?
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Ah, this is a nice touch by Twain.
The first time Twain mentions this, he just says that Emmeline Grangerford "took sick." However, within a page or two he turns this into a nicely sarcastic touch, having Huck tell the reader that Emmeline "pined away" after she couldn't find a rhyme for a deceased person named "Whistler." She died, in other words, of poetic frustration!
Posted by gbeatty on February 5, 2007 at 10:29 AM (Answer #1)
She was killed not by any diseases or humans, but by disillusion and hysteria about poetry confusion and utter madness. She couldn't find a rhyming word for a dead person, called "Whistler" and that take a toll over her physical and mental being and brings about her untimely death.
Posted by revolution on October 9, 2009 at 7:57 PM (Answer #2)
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